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Dominican Woman shot dead, another in hospital and Police comment on who was not behind the SHOOTING

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – On the one year anniversary of the killing of notorious gang-leader, Brandon Rahming, there was a shocking shooting which left one woman dead, another was hospitalised.

Thursday November 23, 2022 was the day Brandon Rahming was shot by police in an arrest that ended with the TCI’s Most Wanted man dead in Dock Yard, Providenciales.  November 23, 2023 was the day when an unknown person or people opened fire on patrons at Zap Zap Bar and Lounge in Dock Yard; one woman dying at the scene.

Hours after residents speculated on who fired into a crowd of people, described a club goers Police issued two statements.  One to inform what had happened and another to refute firmly, what certainly did not.

The Royal TCI Police report informed:

Initial investigations have determined the identity of the female victim. However, details will not be released until all available family members have been informed.

According to a preliminary investigation conducted by officers of the Serious Crime Unit, patrons were inside a bar when several loud explosions were heard. A call was placed to the Police Control Room and a team of officers responded to the given location. Upon investigating, it was discovered that two female patrons were injured. Of the two, one succumbed to her injuries, and the other, a 30-year-old, is receiving medical care.

Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams, in a statement, said, “An unfortunate incident occurred early this morning while patrons were socializing at an establishment. The callousness of a few intent on causing pain and suffering in the TCI has again surfaced. The value of life is meaningless to some, and our officers remain relentless in using all available resources to bring the suspect (s) to face the full brunt of the law for this heinous crime. I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to the victim’s relatives and friends on behalf of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Additionally, I am calling on any person (s) who witnessed this incident to contact us. Tell us what you know.  Let us work together.”

The owner of the bar said he heard the shots from a high powered rifle, heard people running and called 9-11.  The operator coached him and others who were with the woman who was struck, but despite their attempts to keep her alive, she did not make it.

The woman, said Tony, was a tenant in apartments nearby.

Police were fingered for the shooting.  Rodney Adams strongly rejected that suggestion in a separate statement.

He said:  “The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is aware of a WhatsApp message stating that police officers were involved in an incident this morning (November 23rd) in Dock Yard.

Officers of the RT&CIPF were not involved in ANY exchange of gunfire.

This news is inaccurate, irresponsible, and unsubstantiated. In light of this, Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams asks the public to desist from circulating information that seeks to undermine the police force.

Mr.  Adams is asking the public to please use their discretion before posting or sharing any news on public platforms, which could only seek to create mistrust in our officers dedicated to protecting the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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Stolen Vessel Recovered

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July 20th, 2024.

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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